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My Emergency Cesarean Mothers' Stories

Katrina Soper, Newport, Wales, UK   “If absolutely everything you didn’t want happens to you, or even if your birth just isn’t what you hoped, this was still your story and nobody else’s. It’s a story that you will probably want to tell in detail someday to a caring friend or maybe even to your child. At some point—even years later—it can help to write...

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Postpartum Blues Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Kirsty Colquhoun   Mother’s Situation Postpartum blues I have suffered from depression in the past, and after the birth of my first baby four years ago, I had a fairly serious bout for which I required medication. I gave up breastfeeding after only a few weeks because of sore nipples, and I was worried about the medication I was taking getting through...

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What Your Baby Knows About Breastfeeding Features

Updated January 2016 Teresa Pitman Photos: Anna Bondarieva   What your baby knows about breastfeeding may surprise you … Most mothers imagine breastfeeding is something they do. They figure out when it’s time to feed again, they bring the baby to the breast, they put the nipple in baby’s mouth, they make sure the latch is good, and unlatch the baby when the feeding is...

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Birth Interventions Features

Teresa Pitman Sally Parkin: Photos by Mick Watson Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Ruth’s first baby was born in a hospital with a doctor she’d met only once before. During labor, the doctor became concerned that there was some meconium (the name given to the stool that the baby passes...

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The Birth-Breastfeeding Connection Features

Updated January 2016 Photo: Deborah Faye Rhodes courtesy of Nic McNamara All your decisions will make a difference in how easily breastfeeding happens. The birth-breastfeeding connection Excerpted from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition, Schaumburg, IL: LLLI, 2010, pages 50, 52. Pick a mammal, any mammal, and imagine it giving birth the way we do. Let’s say you take your laboring dog to a strange place with...

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